Spring 2017 - Science & Math colloquia

Spring 2017 HC 441H: Geology and Biology of the Tibetan Plateau

Professor: Samantha Hopkins

4 credits

•  CRN 32611: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ COL 254

In this class, we’ll study the geologic origins of Central Asia’s unusual geologic structures, and the implications of its unique geologic properties for ongoing geologic and biological processes. We’ll take a look at why this area is so different from everywhere else on earth, and what we can learn about natural processes from the study of this extreme geology. We’ll also tie the geological and biological features of this region to some of the sociopolitical implications of this dynamic area. Read More 


Spring 2017 HC 424H/441H: Science and Culture

Professor: Gregory Bothun & John Nicols

4 credits

•  CRN 37081: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 – 15:50 @ Price Commons Science Library B42

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Science Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance (IP) multicultural class. If you have already taken a Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP multicultural class.

This course will focus on the historical development of science in the context of embedded culture and how that affects or creates the ability for knowledge to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Fundamental to this approach is examining the cultural conditions that must exist before scientific theory is accepted and along those lines, evaluating whether or not a Scientific Revolution actually occurred in a way that affects cultural behavior. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: Attachment Theory and Relationships

Professor: Jennifer Ablow

4 credits

•  CRN 32613: Mondays, 14:00 – 16:50 @ MCK 471

Attachment theory has emerged as one of the leading frameworks for the study of close relationships, personality processes, and emotional dynamics. From a scientific and educational point of view, attachment theory is compelling because it draws upon the theories and empiricism of multiple perspectives, including ethology, evolution, and virtually all areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, development, cognitive, neuroscience, and social-personality psychology). Students in this advanced seminar will explore the universality of and individual differences in the development and trajectory of attachment relationships. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 441H: The Psychology, Philosophy and Neuroscience of Morality

Professor: Christina Karns

4 credits

•  CRN 36321: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 16:00 – 17:20 @ GSH 103

This course focuses on the psychology, philosophy and neuroscience of virtues and emotions. Read More